Friday, September 30, 2011

New York on North Campbell

The shapes of the windows on this restaurant remind me of a Taco Bell in the town where I grew up. But this is The Bagelry, at 2575 N. Campbell. It's the east wall. The mural is signed clay gibson 01.09.

Update (March 22, 2012): I saw a note in the Caliente section of the Arizona Daily Star saying that The Bagelry has been replaced by a branch of Jimmy John's. No word on the fate of the mural.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mural not for rent

Sorry, mural lovers: the "for rent" sign actually applies to the house behind this street-side mural. The mural is in South Tucson, along the northwest corner of 29th & 5th Avenue, and I took the photo on December 23, 2010. (The house behind is at 1840 S. 5th.)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Streetside masks

Máscara is Spanish for "mask" — which explains this street-side mosaic mural along the north side of 29th Street, just west of 7th Avenue, in the city of South Tucson. Carlos Valenzuela created it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Playing around McDonald's, part 2

Here's the second of the murals wrapped around the southeast corner of 29th & 6th, outside McDonald's in South Tucson. This mural is on the northwest side of that corner. Like the one in yesterday's post, it was signed Las Artes 2001.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Playing around McDonald's, part 1

The mural-filled city of South Tucson has murals wrapped around the southeast corner of 29th & 6th, outside McDonald's. This mural is on the north side of that corner. It's signed Las Artes 2001.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Billares El Sur

Even if you don't speak Spanish, the mural wrapped around the building leaves no doubt what's inside the northwest corner of 32nd & 6th in the city of South Tucson.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mr. K's BBQ

Howard Rains wrote that this is "the front of Mr K's BBQ. It is getting to be in pretty bad shape. Mr K's also has a small museum dedicated to the Buffalo Soldiers, hence the nature of this small mural."

The restaurant is at 1830 S Park. Howard took the photo on August 14.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Come on in to Pico de Gallo

Somehow this mural on Taqueria Pico de Gallo (2618 South 6th in South Tucson) looked like it was waving me in the door last December 23.

Update (November 13, 2012): Pico de Gallo has a new mascot.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

...and another side

Palateria y Neveria, 6th Avenue & 36th Street, has murals on two sides. We showed the east side yesterday, and here's the south wall:

Both photos are from December 23, 2010.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

One side of Palateria y Neveria...

Palateria y Neveria, 6th Avenue & 36th Street in the city of South Tucson, has murals on two sides. That's the east wall.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Over I-10 on Sixth Avenue

Murals commemorating Cesar Chávez run along both sides of the bridge that takes 6th Avenue over Interstate 10.
The artists were Joshua Sarantitis and Alex Garza.

Monday, September 19, 2011

El Indio restaurant

This mural on the west wall, at 3355 S. 6th, is signed Conceptual Aerosol. I took the photo on December 23, 2010.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Not your typical auto parts mural

That's the south wall of CostLess Auto Parts, 3650 S. 6th, last December 23.

Update (November 6, 2014): There's a new mural here.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Unique Styles By Pamela and Co.

Howard Rains sent this photo of a mural on the north facing wall of what used to be a barber shop not long ago:

Thanks, as always, Howard!

Update (August 17, 2021): I saw a photo of the mural today; it's still there ten years later. The muralist is Todd Blum.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Pueblo Income Tax

This scene was on the northwest corner of Pueblo Income Tax, at 4426 S. 6th, last December 23rd.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Store with murals (was?) for rent

This store, La Orquidea, at 4107 S. 6th Avenue, was for rent when I rode by ten months ago, December 23.

Update (November 28, 2012): There's a new (old) store here, and building has been repainted.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Plaza San Judas

Buildings around this part of Tucson have lots of murals! Here's the west wall of 4115 S. 6th on December 23.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Around another corner...

Back on August 7, we showed the mural on the back of a barber shop at Grande & Congress. Just by chance, a few days later, August 13, Howard Rains took a photo of the back of another barber shop — this one at 5176 E. 22nd. We showed the side of the barber shop in yesterday's post. Here's the back.

Update (September 13, 2012): The mural is gone; the wall has been painted over.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Together We Thrive

Howard Rains sent this photo from 5176 E. 22nd on August 13th. He wrote that it's on the "east facing wall of 22nd St Liquor Store. I'm pretty sure it is only a couple of months old. It's across from Thoroughbred Nissan and is about 1 block west of Jack's BBQ."

Update (September 13, 2012): The mural is gone; the east wall has been painted over.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sam Hughes Elementary: Mural Mecca

Sam Hughes school has a lot of murals, so it's a good choice for this 400th post on the Tucson Murals Project blog.

If you start from the corner of 3rd & Wilson, you'll find most of the murals on the north and east walls nearby.

Let's start on the north side, from east to west. I only spotted the second photo below when I came back a second time; it's hidden behind some heating/cooling equipment that was probably added since the mural was painted:

Now, the west wall — from north to south:

Wait, there's more! These next two sets of murals are on what looks like an annex building at the south side of the school: 27 little murals on the wall by the garden at the east end of the annex, and a few more by the door:

Did I miss anything? :) I took these photos in December, 2010 and June, 2011.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Rick's Place

These scenes are early in the morning, last December 23, at the Tanque Verde swap meet. The grounds are big, but I found an aerial view from Google Maps and put the pointer on the mural. (If you have a GPS, look for coordinates 32.175256, -110.919082.)

The business is Rick's Place, and it's next to the parking lot that fronts Palo Verde, near the north end. The murals seemed to be by Artistic Airbrush Nancy, 520 990-2351.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Dragon on Veterans Blvd.

Some of Tucson's most amazing murals are on side streets — painted or commissioned, I guess, by the owner of the home behind them. This dragon on the wall in front of 376 W. Veterans Blvd. (at Lundy) is a great example.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Carniceria del Sol

At 4519 S. 12th is the meat market named Carniceria del Sol. (For a closer view of the mural, as always, you can click on the photo. Use your browser's "Back" button to come back.)

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Sweet mural on South Sixth

(I couldn't stop myself from using that title. :) The mural, and the old shelf, graced the east end of the north wall of Dulceria Ruiz, 4558 S. 6th, on December 23, 2010.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Tiny mural at Torres Taqueria

Humble murals are welcome here on the Tucson Murals Project. This one is both humble and small, almost a "maybe a mural." It's on the lower left part of the sign for the former Torres Taqueria, 4634 S. 6th Avenue. I rode by on December 23 and snapped this through the fence with a zoom lens.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Long mural at Lalo Guererro Housing

This string of murals lines the west wall of Lalo Guerrero Elderly Housing, 124 W. 18th St. I took the photo from Convent Avenue, just north of 18th Street, on December 18.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Las Artes under construction

Speaking of new murals: Last December 12, I rolled by Las Artes Learning Center at the southeast corner of 27th & 10th in South Tucson.

The first photo below is a view into an inner patio with murals standing along a wall. The second shows the south wall with the sign from above and empty spaces for murals.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Deconstructed mural?

Deconstructed art is a term for some contemporary art and architecture. But I think it's probably also a good word, by now, for this mural that I saw almost a year ago. It was around a construction site at 44 E. Broadway — last December 15 — where the Sonoran Institute was planning to move in. I haven't had a chance to check it in the last few months, so I'll let you do that as you drive by. If you have a chance, please let me know (by email or with a comment below) if it's been "de-constructed" by now...

Update (May 15, 2012): I found a post on the blog Tucson Kent's World with photos of this mural being painted. Mural Artists in Downtown Tucson has the story, and three photos, of Rock Martinez and Ed Muren painting the mural. The post is dated October 22, 2010 — two months before I snapped my photo.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Somewhere on South Sixth...

... last December 23, I found this urban art on the south side of an empty building. The building didn't seem to have an address posted, but it's around 4450 S. 6th (it was just north of 4460). The sign on front said:


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